Wybory pastorów ewangelickich w drugiej połowie XIX w. w świetle prasy polskiej Śląska Cieszyńskiego
The election of Evangelical pastors in the latter part of the 19th century in the light of the Polish press of Cieszyn Silesia
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The purpose of this article is the analysis of newspaper reports on the subject of the elections of Evangelical pastors, in the Polish press of Cieszyn Silesia, in the latter part of the 19th century. The discussion on the issue starts with analysis of the imperial patent, statutes and legal regulations made by the cabinet, regarding the Protestants. The newspaper reports allowed for two very different interpretations of the election process. The analysis of the press shows that the members of the Evangelical community had legal and national difficulties when faced with the issue of choosing Church authorities. First category of problems stemmed from delays in elections related to the wait for a new act, or an insufficient number of parishioners with voting rights. The other issue was the result of the relation between nationality and religion, in the political context. Analysis of newspaper reports indicates that the form and the course of the election of Church authorities in Cieszyn Silesia in the latter part of the 19th century undoubtedly had an effect on the growth of national and social identity, mainly due to their democratic nature. The pastors clearly had an enormous effect on the worldview and behaviour of their spiritual wards. Due to those reasons the election of church authorities in the latter part of the 19th century was often influenced by emotions and national bias.
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